Turn of the Tides 2019

The Estuarium is hosting our annual Turn of the Tides winter festival! Join us December 14th, from 11:00 – 4:00 PM for a day of Puget Sound centered winter celebration complete with arts and crafts, tabling by community partners and artists, and wonderful estuary creatures.

Admission to the Estuarium will be free all day, so bundle up and bring the whole family down to celebrate the changing tides, the sea and the season!

To see a list of our participating community partners and vendors click HERE.

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Welcome Aboard, Paris McClusky

The Estuarium is excited to welcome aboard our new Executive Director Paris McClusky! Paris is a long time Olympia resident with a history of community involvement and environmental activism.

Paris has served as the manager of two Olympia Co-op locations and joined their Local Products Committee before becoming a Greener Grad with a Masters in Environmental Studies. As a graduate student of the MES program at The Evergreen State College Paris worked rigorously in conservation biology, technical/analytical writing, biological statistics, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Time spent as an Evergreen graduate student also gave Paris opportunities to monitor wetland mitigation sites for the Washington State Department of Transportation and intern with Conservation Northwest’s Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project, working on their database and leading a team of citizen scientists into the backcountry to set up and maintain wildlife camera installations. Paris finished out his time at Evergreen with his masters thesis, which dealt with modeling habitat corridors across developing areas for focal large carnivores of concern here in the Pacific Northwest.

Paris’s knowledge, experience, and love of the Puget Sound is sure to make a great addition to our team.

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Invertebrate Insanity

Discover the cool and creepy crawlers lurking in the Puget Sound during the Estuarium’s Invertebrate Insanity event! We’ll be exploring all kinds of animals that squirm in the mud and scurry on the sand, from soft-bodied saltwater worms and slugs to crunchy critters like crabs, clams, and shrimp.

Join us on October 26th and November 16th from 1:00 – 2:00 PM at the Estuarium to watch our trained staff dissect and explain what goes inside these awesome creatures. How do they move and eat? Do they see or hear? Learn how important benthic invertebrates are to our food chain, the names of our common Puget Sound invertebrates, and discover all the fascinating, familiar, and alien-like creatures living right here in the Puget Sound!

Free Admission Dissections Dates:

  • Saturday, October 26th, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, November 16th, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
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Annual Benefit Cruise: Early Bird Specials End Soon!

The Estuarium’s annual Benefit Cruise is less than 2 weeks away! Join us aboard My Girl for a day on the sound celebrating our unique and beautiful estuary ecosystem. Expand your knowledge of Puget Sound’s majestic marine mammals with guest speaker Casey Mclean, Executive Director of SR3 (Sealife Response, Rehabilitation and Research), and Veterinary Nurse.

Complete with delicious food and a no host bar, you won’t want to miss this cherished annual event. Mix and mingle with old and new friends while sharing your love for the Puget Sound this September. There’s no better way to soak up the last of summer than with good food, great company, and amazing estuary centered education.

Ticket Details:
Be sure to take advantage of our early bird specials but purchasing your cruise ticket before September 8th!


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